Position Summary: The Grace Scholars Advisor provides comprehensive career advising and programming along with academic advising, learning support, and campus and community referrals to second-year students in the Grace Scholars Program, in collaboration with the Grace Scholars Program Director.
Serve as advisor to the Grace Scholars Program with specific focus on second-year students, conducting individual and small-group sessions designed to monitor their educational and career development goals and assist with the resolution of academic and personal challenges.
Provide individual consultation, assessment, advising, intervention, advocacy, problem solving, and referral forstudents regarding their academic, career, personal, and financial circumstances at the University.
Develop individualized personal and professional development plans and maintain updates, academic action and progress for each Scholar.
Monitor student progression toward educational/career goals through schedule checks, progress reports, and consistent communication with faculty.
Maintain electronic record of student interactions/issues to be shared with Grace Scholars staff.
Build and maintain relationships with Mount Mary internal and external stakeholders for collaboration and partnership opportunities
Create and maintain an interactive environment encouraging mutual trust and open communication.
Enhance the academic and social engagement of historically underserved students by creating and supporting opportunities for underrepresented students to develop a sense of belonging on campus and opportunities for all students to build community with one another.
Teach .5 credit section of Grace Scholars Seminar: Learning with Purpose during the fall and spring semesters.
Develop, coordinate, and implement social, cultural, and educational programs for Grace Scholars that will enhance and develop their personal, professional, and leadership skills.
Collaborate with Grace Scholars Program Director to plan and implement the Summer Bridge Program for first-year Scholars.
Assist Director with ongoing program assessment, including completion of progress reports and annual grant reports.
Participate in staff meetings, professional development offerings, and Mount Mary University community-building activities and events.
Perform other duties, responsibilities, or special projects as assigned.
Skills and Experience:
Master’s Degree in Education, Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education Administration, or related field preferred
Bachelor’s Degree in the area of higher education, counseling psychology, social work, or related field required
Familiarity with the Midtown-Grace Scholars Program is a plus. Priority will be given to recent graduates of the Program.
Experience working with diverse populations, including limited-income and/or first generation and/or urban youth and/or their families in Milwaukee
Familiarity with issues/circumstances that impact the recruitment and retention of traditionally underrepresented students in higher education.
Ability to assess situations, prioritize work, and take initiative
Ability to multi-task and exercise sound judgement
Ability to develop new and innovative ideas for student engagement and retention
Ability to follow-through with tasks and work independently
Cooperative, friendly, and professional manner
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Bilingual (especially Spanish-English or Hmong-English) is highly desirable
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to work with diverse groups, facilitate group process and foster collaborative decision-making.
Computer Skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2010. Familiarity with Jenzabar or other data systems is a plus.
Ability to drive and possession of own vehicle is a plus.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform primary functions.
May be required to lift up to 20 lbs.
Must reach, bend, stoop, lift
Must sit, walk or stand
Some repetitive motion may be required
Can be scheduled for up to 40 hours a week
Varying workflow; sometimes stressful with high workload times of the year
Complete work required within a limited space
Complete work required within a limited time
Mount Mary University is an equal opportunity employer. Mount Mary University encourages applications from all qualified candidates and is vitally committed to all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion. Mount Mary seeks to hire and retain personnel who will make a positive contribution to its mission, vision and values. For more information on diversity and inclusion at MMU, visit https://www.mtmary.edu/about/diversity